T-Mobile are arguably the strongest they have ever been in their history.
Manager: Walter Godefroot
Best Tour: Winner, 1996 (Bjarne Riis), 1997 (Jan Ullrich), six green jerseys, Erik Zabel (1996-2001)
They have a plethora of riders lining up to hassle Lance Armstrong and his bid for a sixth Tour de France victory.
The leading contender is Jan Ullrich, who will lead the team despite finishing a poor fourth behind team-mate and runner-up Andreas Kloden.
Should Kloden and Alexandre Vinokourov be able to do their utmost for Ullrich, they could put together too strong a challenge for Armstrong.
Vinokourov, third in 2003, missed last year's race with torn ligaments in his right shoulder.
T-Mobile, though, have lost some very crucial domestiques in the closed season, most notably this year's Giro d'Italia winner Paolo Savoldelli, to Armstrong's Discovery Channel team of all places.
And Santiago Botero and Cadel Evans have also opted to jump ship.
T-Mobile, formerly Team Telekom, have grown restless by their lack of success in recent seasons in France.
They took the yellow jersey two years in a row courtesy of first Bjarne Riis (1996) and Ullrich the following year.
But they have since had to make do with second best behind Armstrong and his train of riders.